How much could you win with just £1? Actually, with the luck favouring you unfairly, £1 could mean a fortune. In horse racing, even 5p could win you £86,056,42, as it did for George Rhodes back in 1984 at the ITV Seven Accumulator. In 2008, an anonymous Yorkshire punter is reported to have collected £1 million from William Hill against a stake of 50p in an 8-horse accumulator bet. Countless people across the world have won prizes worth millions of dollars or pounds by betting the lowest denomination amounts. However, if you really want to tilt the odds in your favour, and win big for each pound that you bet, you should at least double your investment to £2. A £1 National Lottery scratch card could win you prizes from £5,000 to £100,000 depending upon the type of game that you are playing. A £2 ticket can get you upto £250,000, and the prize money increases to £4 million for a £10 scratch card. So, you get the idea how it works. Nonetheless, the investment that you make has little to do with your probability of winning—'the fault, dear punter, is not in us, but in our stars'. After, probably, horseracing, your best bet for winning astounding amounts of money for each pound spent is to play a line of the EuroMillions Lottery. It costs you £2, but EuroMillions has some inspiring stories to tell. Consider teenager Jane Parker, for instance, who won £1 million this August on the first ever lottery ticket that she had bought. Parker, now 17, plans to buy a customized white Range Rover when she passes her driving test. Not so inspiring is the story of Britain's youngest teenager, who won the National Lottery in 2003. Sixteen at that time, she has already fritted away her £1.9 million, mostly on drugs and parties, and now lives in a modest £80,000 house with her boyfriend and son, with only £2,000 remaining in her bank account. Looking at the brighter side of things, here are some of the top winners of EuroMillions: 1. Colin and Chris Weir | Prize £161,653,000 The Ayrshire husband and wife became Europe's biggest lottery winners in July 2011. The historical £161 million jackpot is probably much more than they, at 64 and 55, can spend in this lifetime; but you never know. They've already bought a fleet of luxury cars for friends and mansion, where they live with their two kids. 2. Adrian and Gillian Bayford | Prize £148,656,000 Lady Luck smiled on the Suffolk couple in August last year. Mrs Badford, 40, was working as a nurse, and Mr Bayford was a record seller at 41. When they won, they planned to spend the money on luxury vacations and cars. It seems lottery winners have this thing for cars, don’t they? 3. Dave and Angela Dawes: Prize £101,203,600 The Cambridgeshire husband and wife are actually at the 4th position on the biggest-winners list. The winner of the third-ever-largest prize of £113,019,926 remains anonymous (no, not the hacker). Dave and Angela Davis, 47 and 43, were playing the lottery only for the third time. And the way they kissed after taking the cheque, man, that was really a million-dollar smooch. So, here we are, back to earth with our £1 (or 2). I'm not much of a speculator, but all I can say after looking at the three top EuroMillions winners is: If you are a married couple, both working, and more than 40, the odds are seriously on your side.